When demonstrating I am often asked to explain the difference between the gums we cake decorators use. When making modelling paste I prefer to use gum tragacanth rather than its synthetic substitute CMC. Basically, because gum tragacanth gives me a firmer paste and I find it easier to work with. How to use Gum Tragacanth […]
Everybody asks questions, it's how we learn...Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions that we repeatedly hear at Lindy's Cakes. Take a look to see if we've answered your burning baking or cake decorating question! Another good place to look for answers, especially if it's a 'how to' question, is in our Free Tutorial category.
I keep being asked how to adapt or scale a cake recipe quantities to bake a larger or smaller cake. It’s not difficult and instructions are given in some of my cake decorating books! Below, however, is the chart you will need if you are up for the maths! If not see my alternative approach […]
I love using cake decorating stencils they are so quick and easy to use. I first came across culinary stencils in Florida last year at the ICES convention, I saw them being demonstrated and I’ve been hooked ever since. The easiest way to use stencils is on a flat surface, however, once you have practised a […]
Contrary to popular opinion, many people do like fruit cake and it’s not just the older generation. Fruit cake is one of my favourite cakes, as it is my 14-year-old sons! The secret, I think, is to have a really good recipe – try the one in my ‘Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible’ book, it often […]
“Why do my cakes sink in the middle?” is a question I’m often asked. Cakes usually sink when the cake batter is not completely cooked. Everyone’s ovens are different so you need to find the optimum baking time for your own oven. Towards the end of baking, test the cake repeatedly to see if it […]
“Lindy, do you have a sugarpaste recipe?” This is a question I am always being asked by my students. Sugarpaste also referred to as rolled fondant or ready roll icing, is available from supermarkets and cake decorating suppliers in many countries of the world. However, not everyone likes what is available to them and many countries […]